Operator - Machine - Metal and Plastic

Job-Specific Whole-Person Assessment (Test)

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Candidates typically need about 45 minutes to complete our full-length job-specific assessments. Our short versions take less than half that time. Like our standard assessments, these tests are based on the U.S. Government Occupational Information Network (O*Net). They do not contain the animated simulation module, however, though they still provide valuable information about all critical performance-related dimensions. Additionally, the short versions optionally include 1-2 virtual video interview questions! Click below for more information:

Operator - Machine - Metal and Plastic (Short)

Operator - Machine - Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Measure completed workpieces to verify conformance to specifications, using micrometers, gauges, calipers, templates, or rulers.
  • Examine completed workpieces for defects, such as chipped edges or marred surfaces and sort defective pieces according to types of flaws.
  • Set stops on machine beds, change dies, and adjust components, such as rams or power presses, when making multiple or successive passes.
  • Start machines, monitor their operations, and record operational data.
  • Set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.
  • Test and adjust machine speeds or actions, according to product specifications, using gauges and hand tools.
  • Install, align, and lock specified punches, dies, cutting blades, or other fixtures in rams or beds of machines, using gauges, templates, feelers, shims, and hand tools.
  • Read work orders or production schedules to determine specifications, such as materials to be used, locations of cutting lines, or dimensions and tolerances.

About the test (Full Version)

The HR Avatar Operator - Machine - Metal and Plastic Pre-Employment Assessment was designed to help you hire staff in this role. The test provides a whole-person evaluation by measuring job-relevant cognitive ability, personality, knowledge, skills, and relevant behavioral history. Each component provides important data for hiring decisions. Cognitive ability has been linked to overall job performance in most jobs and correlates with a candidate's ability to learn new skills and to solve complex problems. Personality characteristics determine how well the candidate will fit-in with a corporate culture. Knowledge and skills indicate how much training will be needed before a new employee becomes productive. Finally, relevant behavioral history detects counter-productive behaviors that can impact job performance.

The Operator - Machine - Metal and Plastic test includes an animated work simulation in which candidates meet customers, colleagues and supervisors in a job-related context. Post-test surveys indicate the majority of candidates react favorably to these simulations.

The specific attributes measured include:

Cognitive Ability
  • Analytical Thinking and Attention to Detail
  • Basic Physics
  • Circuits
  • Gears and Pulleys
  • Spatial Reasoning
  • Tools
  Behavioral History
  • History Survey - Performance
  • History Survey - Tenure
  • Adaptability
  • Drive
  • Integrity
  • Resilience
  • Teamwork

Following completion, the test produces a Candidate Selection Report that includes an overall score and detailed scores for each attribute. The overall score weighs each of the factors based on research and analysis from the U.S. Government's Occupational Information Network (O*Net). O*Net represents over a decade of dedicated research evaluating the relative importance of various factors that lead to success in almost 1,000 different job roles.

The Candidate Selection Report also provides expert interview questions that help you probe critical or low-scoring areas, along with a guide for noting your evaluation of the candidate's responses. Consistent use of an interview guide is an important part of gaining better candidate insights and making better hiring decisions.

Language:English (US)
Time to Complete:40 Minutes (Approximately)
O*Net SOC Code:51-4031.00
Simulation Context:Technician-Oriented
O*Net Context:Production
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2023)
Bottom 10%:
$32,640 or less
Bottom 25%:
$36,620 or less
$42,400 (Average)
Top 25%:
$49,030 or more
Top 10%:
$59,810 or more

Hourly US Wages (2023)
Bottom 10%:
$15.69 or less
Bottom 25%:
$17.61 or less
$20.39 (Average)
Top 25%:
$23.57 or more
Top 10%:
$28.76 or more

US Employment Statistics
2032 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:14,900

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Mechanical
  • Production and Processing
  • Mathematics
  • English Language
Top Skills
  • Operations Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Monitoring
  • Active Listening
  • Troubleshooting
  • Critical Thinking
  • Speaking
Top Abilities
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness
  • Control Precision
  • Near Vision
  • Manual Dexterity
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Reaction Time
  • Selective Attention
  • Multilimb Coordination
Education Requirements
No High School Diploma:
High School Diploma:
Post-Secondary Certificate:
Some College:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role who have their highest education in each category.
Related Work Experience Requirements
Less than 1 Month:
1 - 3 Months:
6 Months - 1 Year:
1 - 2 Years:
2 - 4 Years:
4 - 6 Years:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role whose related work experience before they entered this position falls into each category.

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